Rural Capital Area Adds 5,836 Jobs in February, Unemployment Rises Slightly to 3.5%
CEDAR PARK, Texas ⎯ The unadjusted unemployment rate of the Rural Capital Area of Central Texas ticked up to 3.5 percent in February 2022, a slight increase from the 3.4 percent rate recorded in January, with 5,836 jobs created in February, and unemployment inching up by only 262 claims, according to figures released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The 3.5 percent unemployment rate in the nine-county Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) represented 21,228 residents seeking employment, with more than 35,800 full-time jobs still left to be filled across all industries.* The region’s unemployment rate remained below the Texas (4.7 percent)** and national (4.1 percent)** rates, fueled by an employment recovery of 39,846 jobs added across the region since February 2021.
Within the WSRCA counties, Blanco recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent in February, followed by Williamson County at 3.3 percent, and Burnet County at 3.4 percent. Hays County was at 3.5 percent, while Bastrop and Fayette counties were at 3.8 percent. Caldwell and Lee counties came in at 4.0 percent, while Llano County was at 4.5 percent.
For a deeper dive into regional unemployment claims by demographics, skills impact, and zip code, please visit TWC’s resources.
The WSRCA team is eager to help you find workforce solutions. Visit a Rural Capital Area career center near you to empower your workforce journey. Services are also available virtually to meet your immediate workforce needs. Utilize our Interactive Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices and work with our teams to develop a customized training plan to help enhance your skills and create sustainable career outcomes.
Are you looking for work? The Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo connects employers and job seekers at weekly online hiring events. Workforce Wednesdays represent a collective effort among Rural Capital Area communities and industries to empower our workforce through virtual interactive events and continue to help the region compete globally.
Employers looking to host free hiring booths and interview sessions should email the WSRCA Business Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s no better time to ramp up your skills and marketability for local careers in high-demand industries. Through our partnerships, WSRCA offers more than 20,000 free online courses in various occupations through SkillUp Rural Capital, Metrix Learning, LinkedIn Learning, and the Dynamic Works Institute’s 5-Minute Countdown Series.
We are proud to continue innovating our service offerings to maximize our ability to deliver customized and sustainable outcomes for you. For more information, please visit WSRCA at www.workforcesolutionsrca.com, call toll-free at 1-844-344-2780, and begin your job search on www.workintexas.com.
Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit texaslmi.com.